Thursday, November 29, 2007

Nineteenth Post - ORN

What is ORN, you ask?

It is Operation Red Nose. It is a free drive home service for people and their vehicles who have had too much to drink. That is, the people have had too much to drink; cars don't drink alcohol. This is the third year I'll have volunteered for them.

I don't really talk too much about why I do this. God knows, people think I am crazy to stay up until 5am driving drunkards home in their cars, from one extreme of Halifax to the other.

I think it's worth it. If we can help keep some drunks off the road we will do it gladly.

Why do I do this? Besides the obvious reasons, I was inspired to volunteer as a result of an incident regarding my 23 year old cousin. A brand-new mom, she was out walking with some girlfriends one evening when a drunk driver came out of nowhere and plowed into them, killing her. Her daughter ended up being adopted by her mother, so the grand parents are raising her.

There are so many options out there if you have had too much to drink. This time of year, you can call us, or take a cab to and from the event. You can be or have a designated driver. I just don't understand, on any level, drinking and driving. I cannot conceive, in my wildest imaginings, drinking to any inappropriate point and thinking I can drive safely. I couldn't, wouldn't do it. Period. So, what goes on in these people's minds when they drink and drive? That they're ok to drive? That they won't be caught? That they just don't care about their own safety, let alone someone else's?

So, I'm volunteering the next two Saturday nights. If you call us either night, you may get me answering the phone. I have a particular nickname at my work, and some of the boys may be calling us at (902) 481-7433, looking for me. we'll come pick you up, even if I do know you.

We shut down at 2:30am every night, so don't put it off for too long.

Ciao for now.

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